The first two months of televised Premier League fixtures have been announced – but who's on the gogglebox most?
It’s a day almost as feverishly awaited as the release of the fixture list itself: Which games are featured live on the TV? Sky Sports and BT have released their Premier League coverage schedules for the first two months of the season. All 20 clubs are featured, but not entirely equitably.
As you’d expect, the team which features most often is the one which failed to reach the top four amid accusations of dull football. Perhaps it’s something to do with Manchester United having hired a new manager or something, but their first 6 fixtures are all televised.
Bunched on four games are some teams you might expect – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City – along with last season’s overachievers Leicester and West Ham plus Sunderland. The drop-dodgers managed by Sam Allardyce (unless he gets his dream gig with the FA) are Pep Guardiola’s first opponents at the Etihad.
Perhaps surprisingly, the London sides don’t get much of a look-in, considering they finished in the top three playing attractive football. Arsenal are on three times (as many as newbies Middlesbrough) while Tottenham are on twice (like promoted Hull).
Down in the contractual-obligation box are single appearances for Burnley, Crystal Palace, Swansea and West Brom – but at least their fans won’t have their Saturday 3pm kick-offs faffed about with...